Autonomous driving AI processor startup secures funding: Page 2 of 2

August 06, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Autonomous driving AI processor startup secures funding
Ailing lighting technology manufacturer Osram apparently wants to escape the narrowness of the lighting market: The company has announced its intention to participate in the funding the start-up company Recogni (“Realtime Object Recognition”). This company develops high-performance, energy-efficient processors for artificial intelligence in the field of autonomous driving. BMW and Toyota are also involved.

"We firmly believe in sensor fusion based on camera, radar and lidar, but the computing requirements for these algorithms remain one of the critical bottlenecks in autonomous driving," said Sebastian Stamm, Investment Manager at Fluxunit. "Recogni solves this problem with a very innovative approach".

Recogni plans to use the fresh capital to develop the most powerful perception system to date. It fuses visual and lidar/radar data using state-of-the-art technology. At the same time, the company continues to expand its development team. Recogni is in discussions with several car manufacturers to provide them with its basic technology from modules to software.

"The challenges within the autonomy ecosystem of levels 2+, 3, 4 and 5 range from the acquisition or generation of training data for neural networks to their real-time execution. In addition, these vehicles require the performance of a data center and yet consume only the smallest amount of energy," explains RK Anand, CEO of Recogni, "In developing an all-new system for the automotive industry with a focus on maximum efficiency and lowest energy consumption, we benefit from our technological background in machine learning, computer vision, chip and system design.

For Osram, investing in Recogni is a step towards transforming itself from a lighting manufacturer into a high-tech photonics company active in various future fields such as autonomous driving. Through its venture capital arm Fluxunit, Osram plans to develop and contribute comprehensive expertise in optical semiconductors for lighting and sensor applications in the automotive sector.

 

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